Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Illini Head to Big Ten Indoor Championships

Amanda Duvendack is one of three Illini with top-10 times in the 800m.
Amanda Duvendack is one of three Illini with top-10 times in the 800m.

Feb. 26, 2014

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2014 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, Feb. 28 - Saturday, March 1
Spire Institute // Geneva, Ohio

The Meet
The Fighting Illini women's track and field team heads to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend at Spire Institute. The meet begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. CT with the pole vault followed by the start of the pentathlon at 9:50. Running trials begin at 11:40 a.m., while finals for the long jump, shot put, pole vault, 3,000m and distance medley relay will all be held on Friday. The remaining finals will take place on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with the high jump. Running finals start at 11:30 a.m., with the final event, the 4x400m relay, scheduled for a 3:20 p.m. start.

The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships will be televised tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network on Saturday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. CT. Heat sheets can be found on fightingillini.com and live results will be provided by lightningtiming.com.

Illinois History at the Big Ten Indoor Championships
Illinois has won a total of six Big Ten indoor team titles since the women's championships began in 1982, with the most recent coming last season. The Illini scored 115 points to capture the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships team title, the first since the 1996 season. Asia Thomas placed third in the 400m and helped lead the 4x400m relay team to a conference title. Jesica Ejesieme scored points for the Illini with a third-place finish in the 60m hurdles, while Chloe Schmidt was a member of the third-place distance medley relay squad.

Illini Athletes to Watch
Kandie Bloch-Jones, High Jump (Fr., Argenta-Oreana, Ill.)
Kandie Bloch-Jones has made a huge impact in her first year, as she's placed third or higher in every meet she's competed in, including two first-place finishes. The freshman reached a mark of 1.82m at the Tyson Invitational, which is the fourth-best in school history and ranks first in the Big Ten this season.

Amanda Duvendack, Middle Distance (Sr., Metamora, Ill.)
Amanda Duvendack has recorded two third-place finishes in the 800m this season, including at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational where she clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history. Her time of 2:07.06 ranks sixth in the Big Ten this season.

Alyssa Schneider, Distance (Jr., Bartlett, Ill.)
Alyssa Schneider has entered her name into the record books numerous times already this season. She placed first in the mile at the Illini Classic with the tenth-fastest time in school history, then followed up that performance with the fourth-fastest 3,000m time in school history at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational. The junior won the 5,000m race at the Meyo Invitational with the fifth-best time in program history, and has three times that rank among the best in the Big Ten.

Ahlivia Spencer, Sprints (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Ahlivia Spencer has recorded top-three finishes in both 800m races she's competed in this year, including a second-place finish at the Tyson Invitational where she clocked the ninth-fastest time in the Big Ten this season. The senior also holds the sixth-fastest 800m time in school history, which she set last season at the Spire Invitational.

Asia Thomas, Sprints (Jr., Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Asia Thomas clocked a season-best time of 54.97 at the Orange & Blue Open last weekend, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten when converted for track size. She recorded the fifth-best 400m time in school history to place third at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, and was a member of the conference champion 4x400m relay team.